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Old 10-11-2004, 12:40 PM   #1
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does arthritis make it hurt to touch?

The last few years when the weather starts to turn cold, I have lots of pain in my knees (especially my right knee) and my right hip. Now, along with that, I find that certain parts of my body are sore to the touch, like the back part of my upper right leg, the right side of my chest, and the side of my right hip...does arthritis cause soreness in places other than joints? I also get stiff necks quite often...any connection?

 
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Old 10-27-2004, 09:48 PM   #2
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Re: does arthritis make it hurt to touch?

I'm not a doctor but if I were you I'd have your doctor test you for Fibromyalgia. It sounds like you have the tender points, which is one of the only reliable ways you can be tested for the disease. Osteoarthritis is also a familiar bedfellow to FMS. There are many other symtoms that you might not think about as really being a problem until you find out they might all be linked. FMS is like arthritis, but it's pain in the connective tissue which radiates out to the muscle and can include swelling in the painful areas.

A few other symptoms: Are you tired often? Do you find that you can't concentrate like you used to? Do you have problems sleeping? Does the pain in you tender points persist for an extended period? Do you have neck and shoulder pain, especially when dealing with a stressful situation.

There are many symptoms with this disease and many people have different symptoms.

The doctor checks you in 18 different locations on your body. If you have pain in 11 of those locations you will be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Syndrome. I have FMS and the tender spots you mentioned sounds exactly like mine. If someone comes up to me and grabs my forearm in a friendly way, my arm could hurt for two or three days.

It's worth checking out.

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Old 10-28-2004, 07:10 AM   #3
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Re: does arthritis make it hurt to touch?

Thanks for your replay. Yes, I do have some of the other symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, etc. And, my tender spots hurt for quite a long time once they become sore. It seems like I have more tender spots on my right side than my left. Also, I do get a lot of stiffness in the right side of my neck and shoulder. The tender points don't exactly match up with the ones for fibromyalgia so I just don't know what is going on...

 
Old 10-28-2004, 01:23 PM   #4
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Re: does arthritis make it hurt to touch?

Yes, it does sound like fibromyalgia. I suffer from Lupus and fibromyalgia (FMS). It is common for FMS to co-exist with an autoimmune disease.

When I have a flare from FMS, my whole body feels bruised. It hurts to touch any of my muscles - even my face and head.

Sometimes, I don't know which is worse, the FMS or lupus. I think they are equally bad and they seem to take turns in making me miserable.

One thing to keep in mind is that joints do not swell with FMS (like they do with lupus or RA) and blood work is typically normal.

Have you been to a doctor? A Rheumy that deals with autoimmune disease and FMS is a winning combination as the treatments are different.

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Old 10-28-2004, 06:30 PM   #5
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Re: does arthritis make it hurt to touch?

So does it make any sense for fibromyalgia to hurt mainly on one side of the body, or is it pretty much even on both sides? One place it can really get sore is on the right side where my bra rubs...anyone else experience this?

 
Old 10-29-2004, 04:22 AM   #6
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Re: does arthritis make it hurt to touch?

I have pain on both sides of my chest just below the collar bone. It is a very sensitive area for me. I also get swollen glands, which I have not been given a reason for. My neck and shoulder area glands swell up all the time and cause more pain.

As for your pain being mainly on the right side, I don't know why that might be. When I have pain in a certain area, say my left wrist which swells and bothers me constantly for the past four years, yet all the xrays and test show there is structurally nothing wrong with it, but my right wrist doesn't hurt.

My achilles tendons swell up and become painful, sometimes both legs, sometimes only the right side.

Fibromyalgia is a very different condition for different people.

If there were ever a disease that encompasses more symptoms than FMS, I haven't heard about it.

 
Old 11-01-2004, 01:39 PM   #7
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Where does your chest hurt? You say it is where your bra rubs. Is is your rib? (where the underwire is?) I have alot of problems with chronic costochondritis (or swelling of the rib cartilage). But this is usually due to lupus since my inflammatory levels (sed rate, etc.) get very elevated when it occurs. I do know that it is also common in FMS.

Rib pain and costochondral pain is usually bad, but it can vary to feel like a pressure type pain. There are alot of nerves in that area.

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Old 11-01-2004, 06:37 PM   #8
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Re: does arthritis make it hurt to touch?

Just wanted to say that I have psoriatic arthritis and lots of bits hurt to the touch. That's because PA doesn't just affect the joint, it affects all the tissues around the joints as well. I also get pain in the ribcage. :-(

 
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Re: does arthritis make it hurt to touch?

Montui:

Have you tried methotrexate? I have heard that it can be very effective for proriatic arthritis. I started it about three months ago for lupus - I take 20 mg per week.

It seems to be helping, although, I am currently struggling with the rib cage pain.

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Re: does arthritis make it hurt to touch?

What about your 'hurt to touch' pain being 'referred' pain? My right hip pain refers down into the side and top of my thigh. It sooooooo hurts to touch. I also have sclerosis in my right pelvis and that refers pain to my sciatic area and down the back of my buttock and leg. Referred pain can be difficult to manage. Maybe massage of the effected area? Good luck.
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Re: does arthritis make it hurt to touch?

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So does it make any sense for fibromyalgia to hurt mainly on one side of the body, or is it pretty much even on both sides? One place it can really get sore is on the right side where my bra rubs...anyone else experience this?
Yep! I've had this! I have FMS, too, even though you probably won't find this area on anyone's list of tender points. I finally decided it was from years of wearing underwire bras, and I decided that the reason the pain was like it was on the right side was the way I had a tendency to lean very slightly to the right side when I sit. If there are arm rests on chairs, I will rest on my right arm more than my left. I noticed this especially on the passenger side in a car; my husband seems to take corners at such a speed that I was always sliding around all over the seat, so I took to leaning toward the arm rest, which helped a bit, and also helped with that overall achy feeling I often have in my back and shoulder region.

Even though I discarded true underwires years and years ago, even the ones which feature very light boning could affect me in this way. It didn't go away for a long time, even after I switched to completely boneless types.
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Re: does arthritis make it hurt to touch?

There is a Fibro board on here. I will copy a list of possible symptoms of Fibro. You may not have all of them.


GENERAL
____ Fatigue, made worse by physical exertion or stress
____ Activity level decreased to less than 50% of pre-illness activity level
____ Recurrent flu-like illness
____ Sore throat
____ Hoarseness
____ Tender or swollen lymph nodes (glands), especially in neck and underarms
____ Shortness of breath (air hunger) with little or no exertion
____ Frequent sighing
____ Tremor or trembling
____ Severe nasal allergies (new allergies or worsening of previous allergies)
____ Cough
____ Night sweats
____ Low-grade fevers
____ Feeling cold often
____ Feeling hot often
____ Cold extremities (hands and feet)
____ Low body temperature (below 97.6)
____ Low blood pressure (below 110/70)
____ Heart palpitations
____ Dryness of eyes and/or mouth
____ Increased thirst
____ Symptoms worsened by temperature changes
____ Symptoms worsened by air travel
____ Symptoms worsened by stress


PAIN
____ Headache
____ Tender points or trigger points
____ Muscle pain
____ Muscle twitching
____ Muscle weakness
____ Paralysis or severe weakness of an arm or leg
____ Joint pain
____ TMJ syndrome
____ Chest pain



GENERAL NEUROLOGICAL
____ Lightheadedness; feeling "spaced out"
____ Inability to think clearly ("brain fog")
____ Seizures
____ Seizure-like episodes
____ Syncope (fainting) or blackouts
____ Sensation that you might faint
____ Vertigo or dizziness
____ Numbness or tingling sensations
____ Tinnitus (ringing in one or both ears)
____ Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
____ Noise intolerance



EQUILIBRIUM/PERCEPTION
____ Feeling spatially disoriented
____ Dysequilibrium (balance difficulty)
____ Staggering gait (clumsy walking; bumping into things)
____ Dropping things frequently
____ Difficulty judging distances (e.g. when driving; placing objects on surfaces)
____ "Not quite seeing" what you are looking at



SLEEP
____ Hypersomnia (excessive sleeping)
____ Sleep disturbance: unrefreshing or non-restorative sleep
____ Sleep disturbance: difficulty falling asleep
____ Sleep disturbance: difficulty staying asleep (frequent awakenings)
____ Sleep disturbance: vivid or disturbing dreams or nightmares
____ Altered sleep/wake schedule (alertness/energy best late at night)



MOOD/EMOTIONS
____ Depressed mood
____ Suicidal thoughts
____ Suicide attempts
____ Feeling worthless
____ Frequent crying
____ Feeling helpless and/or hopeless
____ Inability to enjoy previously enjoyed activities
____ Increased appetite
____ Decreased appetite
____ Anxiety or fear when there is no obvious cause
____ Panic attacks
____ Irritability; overreaction
____ Rage attacks: anger outbursts with little or no cause
____ Abrupt, unpredictable mood swings
____ Phobias (irrational fears)
____ Personality changes


EYES AND VISION
____ Eye pain
____ Changes in visual acuity (frequent changes in ability to see well)
____ Difficulty with accommodation (switching focus from one thing to another)
____ Blind spots in vision


SENSITIVITIES
____ Sensitivities to medications (unable to tolerate "normal" dosage)
____ Sensitivities to odors (e.g., cleaning products, exhaust fumes, colognes, hair sprays)
____ Sensitivities to foods
____ Alcohol intolerance
____ Alteration of taste, smell, and/or hearing



UROGENITAL
____ Frequent urination
____ Painful urination or bladder pain
____ Prostate pain
____ Impotence
____ Endometriosis
____ Worsening of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
____ Decreased libido (sex drive)




GASTROINTESTINAL
____ Stomach ache; abdominal cramps
____ Nausea
____ Vomiting
____ Esophageal reflux (heartburn)
____ Frequent diarrhea
____ Frequent constipation
____ Bloating; intestinal gas
____ Decreased appetite
____ Increased appetite
____ Food cravings
____ Weight gain (____ lbs)
____ Weight loss (____ lbs)


SKIN
____ Rashes or sores
____ Eczema or psoriasis



OTHER
____ Hair loss
____ Mitral valve prolapse
____ Cancer
____ Dental problems
____ Periodontal (gum) disease
____ Aphthous ulcers (canker sores)



COGNITIVE
____ Difficulty with simple calculations (e.g., balancing checkbook)
____ Word-finding difficulty
____ Using the wrong word
____ Difficulty expressing ideas in words
____ Difficulty moving your mouth to speak
____ Slowed speech
____ Stuttering; stammering
____ Impaired ability to concentrate
____ Easily distracted during a task
____ Difficulty paying attention
____ Difficulty following a conversation when background noise is present
____ Losing your train of thought in the middle of a sentence
____ Difficulty putting tasks or things in proper sequence
____ Losing track in the middle of a task (remembering what to do next)
____ Difficulty with short-term memory
____ Difficulty with long-term memory
____ Forgetting how to do routine things
____ Difficulty understanding what you read
____ Switching left and right
____ Transposition (reversal) of numbers, words and/or letters when you speak
____ Transposition (reversal) of numbers, words and/or letters when you write
____ Difficulty remembering names of objects
____ Difficulty remembering names of people
____ Difficulty recognizing faces
____ Difficulty following simple written instructions
____ Difficulty following complicated written instructions
____ Difficulty following simple oral (spoken) instructions
____ Difficulty following complicated oral (spoken) instructions
____ Poor judgment
____ Difficulty making decisions
____ Difficulty integrating information (putting ideas together to form a complete picture or concept)
____ Difficulty following directions while driving
____ Becoming lost in familiar locations when driving
____ Feeling too disoriented to drive

 
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